The Chocolate Lovers Festival was developed in 1992 as a joint effort of the City of Fairfax, Central Fairfax Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Fairfax Coalition, Downtown Fairfax Merchants Association and George Mason University. The purpose of the festival was to draw visitors to Old Town Fairfax, to encourage community participation and to foster cooperation among the city government, the business community and local residents.
The first festival was held in February 1993 and continues an annual tradition with "love of chocolate" as a unifying theme. This popular festival continues to attract chocolate lovers from around the country.
The Chocolate Lovers Festival, an annual two-day festival held on the first full weekend of February, features activities for all to enjoy. In 2017, the festival will be held Saturday, February 4 from 10am to 5pm (Chocolate Chip Pancake Breakfast begins at 8am) and Sunday, February 5 from 12noon to 4pm. Join us for the Taste of Chocolate, the Chocolate Challenge, the ever-popular Kiwanis Chocolate Chip Pancake Breakfast, open houses at historic buildings and much more.
Some events require a fee, and other events are free to all visitors. Click on Chocolate Lovers Event Schedule for a printable schedule of events.
The Chocolate Lovers Festival placed 1st among the Best Food Festivals in the Northern Region by the Virginia Living magazine readers. The Chocolate Lovers Festival has placed for Best Food Festival in the Northern Region in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 which is every year Virginia Living has held the survey!
Chocolate Lovers Festival Map